Worldwide shipments of pay-television set-top boxes will hit 180 million units in 2016, Futuresource Consulting forecasts. "Despite the overall STB market topping out this year, this is entirely due to erosion of the free-to-air segment," Futuresource's Carl Hibbert said, adding, "We're going to see the trinity of cable, pay satellite and IPTV continue to perform, growing by 2% CAGR between 2012 and 2016."

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